Coach – 3 Keys to Being Dependable

Can your team depend on you? Can parents and players alike trust you? Do you make decisions based on what is right and not necessarily what you want? A coach must be dependable! Winston Churchill is quoted as saying, “It is no enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.”

Our country has seen a number of depressions, some the size of the Great Depression during the WWII era, and many the level for which a leader’s dependability turns a depression into a recession. In the 1800’s state senators were faced with tough economic challenges and before long the public began to panic looking for ways to improve their hardships.

As the story goes the state of Pennsylvania declined to pay any further debts in order to challenge their poor financial position and Ohio pushed to follow suit. Stephen Douglas a U.S. senator and presidential candidate was determined – even as he fought for his own life, contracting a series illness-Douglas had himself carried into the state chambers and spoke out against the policy. The ‘Little Giant’ as he would later be known convinced the legislature to not default on its credit, instead, it met it. The state eventually came out of its depression and flourished largely thought to be due to the government’s dependability.

As basketball coaches we are the ‘Little Giants’, those who groups of athletes turn to for sound decision making. In order for coaches to work on their own games, they must first work on their dependability. Thus, I’ve come up with three key features needed to become more dependable:

Answer to Someone. Work with someone who won’t let you slip up. Someone you can trust will tell you like it is. Be accountable to that person. Don’t let him/her down and in turn work to assure they are not letting you down. Using this mentoring system will help you follow through.

Why? Understand why you are doing what you’re doing. If you have set goals (hopefully you have) identify which goals benefit the team and how many benefit you. Take some time to balance out the personal goals with the team goals and then work diligently on meeting the goals you’ve set. Understand why you have the goals you have.

The Value of your Word. Do people come to you for advice? Are they quick to implement your suggestions into their game? Collect data on whether people are quick to turn your advice into reality by tracking who comes to you for advice and whether they are attempting to use it. Coaches this is critical in becoming a great leader. If those who depend on you are not looking for your advice, then chances are they don’t find you to be dependable.

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